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Working Of Government's Aarogya Setu App

INTRODUCTION

The Indian Ministry of Railways had asked its 13 lakh employees and their family members to download the Coronavirus tracking app named 'Aarogya Setu'. In a span of 3 days of its launch, the app has managed to have over five million downloads on the Play Store.


The Railways told that the app could prove to be a 'Game Changer' in India's fight against Coronavirus, asking the employees, pensioners, contractors, and families to install the app.


AAROGYA SETU


The app was launched on 2nd April 2020, helping the users to identify whether they are at risk of the Pandemic infection. It also alerts the authorities if they have come in close contact with a person infected. Developed by the National Informatics Centre, under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.


As per the reports by Ministry, the app will detect only fresh cases and will also send alerts to only those who have been nearby the infected person. The app is made available in 11 languages.


APP WARNS THE INFECTION RISK

A statement was made official, as it enables the people to assess the risk of catching the infection. The calculation is based on the people's interaction with others, using cutting edge Bluetooth technology, algorithms, and artificial intelligence.


If a person is tested positive with infection, then the mobile number of such an infected person will be included in the register maintained by the health ministry as well as the updated app. As the app is installed in a device, it detects other devices that come in the proximity of the mobile. It can also calculate the risk of infection on the basis of sophisticated parameters if tested positive.


The statements from the IT Ministry told, it helps the government to take necessary steps for assessing the risk of the spread of COVID-19 infection and to ensure the isolation where required. The government told that Privacy is a priority for the app users and the personal data collected by the app has been encrypted and will stay secured on the phone until it needs the facilitation of medical intervention.


CONCLUSION

Therefore, the setu app is safe and a preventive measure in order to prevent the coronavirus. The information stored in the app is encrypted and considered to be used by every citizen residing in the containment zones.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vijayalakshmi Raju, Final year law student BA LL.B (Honours) from Dr Ambedkar Global Law Institute Tirupati, A.P (India). As she writes, Vijayalaxmi is interning with us.

You can contact at https://www.linkedin.com/in/vijayalakshmi-raju-bb03b7170

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